Posted on: June 28, 2008 6:44 pm

Shaq, shut up

By most accounts, Shaq was the one guy every player in the NBA wanted to be teammates with during the late 90s and early 2000s.  He was charasmatic and fun-loving, not to mention the most dominant player in the Association.  I really used to like the guy, in spite of his verse in "What's Up Doc?" and his music video appearance with Fu-Schnickins.

I don't understand why Shaq has to keep opening his mouth and talking crap about Hall of Fame NBA players.  Earlier this season, Shaq took shots at Bill Walton.  In the video, first Walton suggests that Shaq was lying about his injury while on the Heat.  Considering one day Shaq couldn't play and then a week later he was guaranteeing a championship for Phoenix, I'd have to agree with Walton.  Shaq snipes back stating that Bill Walton is below Shaq on the big man pecking order, and therefore can't talk about someone higher on the list because it is disrespectful.  Why does Shaq feel a need to say anything at all about Walton's playing ability?  What does it have to do with whether or not Shaq is hurt?  I guess it was a very slick way of being funny, making headlines, but not answering a difficult accusation.  Notice that Shaq doesn't really ever say he was hurt.  Instead, he calls Walton a hypocrit and lower on the big man food chain. In my estimation, everytime he makes comments to boast and claim greatness, it hurts his legacy (or place on the big man pecking order.)

More recently, many people saw this unbelievable freestyle rap by Shaq.  The media talked about the shots he took at Kobe Bryant, most notably, "Last week Kobe couldn't do without me," and "Kobe, tell me how my ass taste?"  I think that's kinda funny, and he's obviously still mad that Kobe threw Shaq under the bus during his police interview in Colorado.  I'm not bothered by the shots at Kobe, but there are two things I did not like. 

#1 I was annoyed by Shaq being influenced by the crowd like he was a 14 year old.  After he says the part about Kobe tasting his ass, he saw the reaction, got a goofy smile and asked it about 43 million more times.  Shaq is a 35 year old man.  At some point, he has to grow out of this dumb stuff.

#2 Why is he talking about being better than Kareem?  Right now, Shaq is no longer in a position to be taking shots at top 50 NBA players.  It makes him look bad and leaves a bad taste in people's mouths. 

Shaq, let the rings and your dominance do the talking, because you really suck at it.

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